We recently held a series of focus groups and interviews to obtain input from persons with Serious Mental Illnesses (peers) and their family members regarding the integration of physical healthcare and behavioral healthcare services in partnership with St. Luke’s Health Initiative and AHCCCS, and several behavioral health peer-run organizations and peer and family members.  The full report is now available online and is titled: “Summary of Input from Peers and Family Members Regarding the Planned Integrated Healthcare System for Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses”.  It’s on our Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care website under the NEWS area along with a link where to submit additional input and the latest information regarding integration. 

I won’t spoil things by saying too much about the results- but I’ll give you some “key words” from the report: Listen, Voice, Respect, Individualized, Skilled, Quality, Outcomes, & Equity.